For its November / December issue, out on newsstands now (and online), Foreign Affairs magazine elected to look towards the future through essays and book recommendations by some of today’s best thinkers. The issue will feature a special cover as well as a two-column makeup to make it easy for readers to take in all the information and recommendations within.
According to David Kellogg, the magazine’s publisher:
“This special issue of Foreign Affairs has already raised the bar for the magazine — it is the first single-themed and largest issue ever produced. The cover has added a gatefold and dramatic cover graphics. Readership (made up of 20 percent newsstand and 80 percent subscriber based) continues to grow. In addition, ad revenue for the Nov/Dec issue grew 65 percent year over year, quite an enviable position in the publishing business today.”
The issue will provide an in-depth exploration of far-reaching issues impacting both the U.S. and the world at large, organized by category: Planetary issues (such as security, prosperity, education, water, population declines, climate control, etc.), international issues (for example, a look at how powers are allocated in the United States and Europe versus Asian nations, as well as how international organizations are changing as power shifts across the globe), and the role the U.S. plays on a global scale (its consensus with other world powers, its multilateral approach to security, use of military, etc.).
In addition, the print issue will feature a special book section (although regular Foreign Affairs readers need not worry — the regular book section is available online), with 17 contributors — including Madeleine Albright, Aayan Hirsi Ali, Niall Ferguson and Fareed Zakaria — each suggesting one or two books which deal with “the world ahead.”
The theme of looking to the future is particularly appropriate given this issue marks the last to be edited by James Hoge, who is stepping down as the magazine’s editor at the end of this year, when Gideon Rose will then become the magazine’s sixth editor in its 90-year history. Among the new projects he will pursue ARE chairing Human Rights Watch (which he begun doing earlier with month), working with an international consulting firm, and teaching at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs.
Hoge took the time to speak to us about Foreign Affairs, as well as his future, and told us that, when first approaching this particular issue of the magazine, there was the initial temptation of using it as a platform to recap his 18 years at its helm. He decided against this, however, thinking it best to keep the focus on what lies ahead. After all, he said, “history always surprises you,” especially as its being made.